March 05, 2021

VELIE

Velie Motor Vehicle Co. (1909-c1918)
Velie Motors Corp. (c1918-1929)
Moline, Illinois


This is a Velie radiator emblem (1909-1914)     mjs
Size: 63mm diameter    MM: None

The Velie Carriage Company was established in 1902 and began building horse drawn buggies. This was followed by the Velie Motor Car Company, which was set up by Willard Lamb Velie in July 1908. 

The first Velie 30 cars built for the 1909 model year appeared towards the end of 1908. The Velie 30 was a 30/35 hp four-cylinder car offered as a five-passenger touring or a 2/3-passenger roadster. A series of 40 hp models was offered from 1910 to 1912 in a variety of body styles.The Velie was successful from the start with production reaching over 1,200 units in 1910 and reached 3,628 units by 1912.

The first Velie commercial vehicles were introduced in 1911 and, apart from a break in Velie truck production from 1924 to 1927, Velie commercials were produced until 1929 (see Velie Truck). 

Velie introduced its own 34 hp six-cylinder engine in a passenger car in 1914. During the First World War the Velie company did well on government contracts by building Liberty Trucks and the company was reorganized as Velie Motors Corporation.

After the war, Velie cars performed well in the annual Pikes Peak race and car production increased to 7,738 units for 1920. Velie cars had all been six-cylinder models since 1916 but in 1928 a 90 hp straight-eight model joined the line. Then in October 1928 Willard Lamb Velie died suddenly and a few months later, in 1929, his son, Willard Lamb Velie, Jnr. also died and the Velie car was finished.

Emblems

The Velie Carriage Company buggies carried a small metal name tag attached to the rear of the buggy, see example below:

This is a Velie buggy tag (1902-1908)     jab

The 1908 Velie advertisement shown below for the first Velie production models for the 1909 model year was produced before a Velie logo had been finalised:

This is a Velie advertisement (1908)   ms

The first Velie cars that appeared late in 1908 did not carry an emblem, but they did display the "Velie" name on a brass Velie script mounted on the radiator core, see example shown below. This style of Velie radiator script was probably produced hurriedly, as a new logo style of the "Velie" name appeared on the first Velie radiator emblem a few months later. The first "Velie" radiator script design was used on some models in 1909. Original Velie scripts with this design are very rare.

This is a surviving Velie showing a radiator script (1908-1909)   hcg

Original photos from the Boston Motor Show in March 1909 show Velie cars on display at a dealership stand, with some models displaying only the above Velie radiator script and other models carrying a round radiator emblem with no radiator script, see below:

This photo shows Velie cars at the Boston Motor Show (1909) dpl

Close-up showing Velie car with radiator script (March 1909)

Close-up showing Velie cars with radiator emblem (March 1909)

The radiator emblem shown on the above photo is the blue and white enamel Velie radiator emblem shown at the top of this post and again below. This Velie radiator emblem is very rare.

This is a Velie radiator emblem (1909-1914)    mjs
Size: 63mm diameter    MM: Unknown

The following is a Velie hub emblem, which continued in use for many years. This Velie hub emblem is scarce.

This is a Velie hub emblem (1909-c1922)     mjs
Size: 53mm diameter   MM: None

The Velie radiator emblem uses a new logo style for the "Velie" name, which was used in Velie advertisements from 1910, see example shown below:

Velie ad using the new script logo (1910) ms

The new "Velie" script logo was used as a brass radiator script from early 1910, see example shown below. There were different sizes of this radiator script. Original "Velie" radiator scripts with this design are scarce.

This is a Velie radiator script (1910-c1913)     mjs
Size: 226mm wide

The new "Velie" radiator script was sometimes displayed without a radiator emblem, see rather poor quality original 1910 photo shown below:

This Velie 40 shows a radiator script but no emblem (1910)  flickr

More usually the radiator script was displayed together with a radiator emblem, see photo below of a surviving example:

This is a Velie 40 showing radiator script and emblem (1910)  justacarguy

There was a change in the Velie radiator emblem design in 1914. The following original photo of Velie cars, taken in 1914, shows a Velie with the round radiator emblem shown above standing next to a Velie with a new radiator emblem design:

This shows a Velie car with a new radiator emblem design (1914) eBay


This new Velie radiator emblem design was the large bow-tie shaped, white and blue enamel Velie radiator emblem shown below. This Velie radiator emblem is very rare.

This is a Velie radiator emblem (1914-1915)    mjs
Size: 91mm wide 48mm high   MM: Unknown

This radiator emblem is clearly seen in the following original Velie photo from 1915:

This is a Velie showing the radiator emblem (1915)   hcg

There was a change to a much smaller version of the Velie bow-tie radiator emblem by 1916, see original photo of a Velie Six touring car shown below:

This Velie Six shows a small radiator emblem (1916) shorpy

Close-up showing the radiator emblem (1916)

The new radiator emblem is the small bow-tie shaped, white and blue Velie radiator emblem shown below. This Velie radiator emblem is rare.

This is a Velie radiator emblem (1916-1919)     mjs
Size: 46mm wide 25mm high     MM: Greenduck

The Velie radiator emblem design had a complete change in 1920, using the same style of the letter "V" as in the previous emblems, see Velie advertisement shown below:

This is a Velie ad showing the new radiator emblem (1920) sep

This new emblem is the black, white and gold enamel Velie radiator emblem shown below. This Velie radiator emblem is scarce.

This is a Velie radiator emblem (1920-1922)     mjs
Size: 69mm wide 57mm high    MM: Unknown

There was a further change in Velie radiator emblem design in 1923, see the black, white and gold enamel Velie radiator emblem shown below. This Velie radiator emblem is scarce.

This is a Velie radiator emblem (1923-1924)     mjs
Size: 65mm wide 65mm high   MM: Unknown

There were a number of color changes to the Velie radiator emblem over the following few years. 

The following black, white, blue and gold enamel Velie radiator emblem was used for the Model 60 from 1924 to 1925. This Velie radiator emblem has a dark blue color variation and is rare.

This is a Velie radiator emblem (1924-1925)    dnc
Size: 65mm wide 65mm high     MM: Unknown

There was a color change in the Velie Model 60 radiator emblem in 1925 to the much more commonly seen paler shade of blue, see example shown below. This Velie radiator emblem is scarce.

This is a Velie radiator emblem (1925-1926)     mjs
Size: 65mm wide 65mm high    MM: Unknown

The following shows the Velie Model 60 hub emblem:

This is a Velie Model 60 hub emblem (1923-1927)  fantomworks


The following black and white enamel Velie radiator emblem was used in 1927. This Velie radiator emblem is rare.

This is a Velie radiator emblem (1927)    mjs
Size: 65mm wide 65mm high    MM: Unknown

The following is a variation of the previous Velie radiator emblem with black enamel in the top panel. This Velie radiator emblem appears to be original and is rare. 

 This is a Velie radiator emblem (c1927)      mjs
Size: 65mm high 65mm wide    MM: Unknown
 

The following reversed color variation may have been used on a rarer Velie model around 1927 but I cannot confirm this. This Velie radiator emblem is very rare.

This is a Velie radiator emblem (c1927)     sam
Size: 65mm wide 65mm high     MM: Unknown

There was a complete change in the Velie radiator emblem for 1928 and 1929. The emblem was round in shape and the "Velie" logo style had disappeared, to be replaced by a shield with an heraldic crest, see examples shown below.

The following black, red and white enamel Velie radiator emblem was introduced in late 1927 for the 1928 model year and is believed to have been used for six-cylinder models. This Velie radiator emblem is scarce.

This is a Velie radiator emblem (1928-1929)    mjs
Size: 50mm diameter   MM: Unknown

The following blue, red and white Velie radiator emblem is believed to have been used on the eight-cylinder models. This Velie radiator emblem is rare.

This is a Velie radiator emblem (1928-1929)     mjs
Size: 50mm diameter     MM: Unknown

The following is a Velie hub emblem used in 1928 and 1929. This Velie hub emblem is scarce.

This is a Velie hub emblem (1928-1929)     mjs
Size: 51mm diameter     MM: None

The following photo shows the wire wheel hub emblem used in 1928 to 1929:

This shows the Velie wire wheel hub emblem (1928-1929)  flickr



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